Mount Elbrus is part of Caucasus Mountain Range that stands on the border of two continental plates, Europe and Asia. It has two summits, which the West Summit (5,642m) is a little bit higher than the East Summit (5,621m). Elbrus is one of the Seven Summits representing Europe since it is in the Russian region. There are two ways to get to the summits of Mount Elbrus, one is from the north and the more popular one is from the south. Climbing from the south begins from Terskol Village in Baksan Valley. You can get there by bus from Mineralnye Vody. There are regular flights from Moscow to Mineralnye Vody. The south slope of Mount Elbrus was a famous ski region. Many people came not only to climb, but also skiing and paragliding. So climbing from south is rather easier than from the north, because there is already ski lift built to get to the elevation of 3,800m. It’s called Azau Cable Car. Before start to go up, climber usually do the first acclimatization to Cheget Mountain. Then go by Azau Cable Car and stay in the hut on 3,800m. After another acclimatization, it’s a long hike from the hut to the summit. Or you can cut half the distance by using a snow-cat.